1st Dec, 2020

Investment in skills and capital projects will help economy recover say council bosses

Laura Kearns 20th Nov, 2020

PROGRESS on Leamington’s Creative Quarter and railway station will help the town’s economy recover from coronavirus, say council bosses.

Warwick District Council leader Andrew Day spoke to the Mid-Warwickshire Branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

He was joined by Warwickshire County Council Employability and Skills lead commissioner Fay Winterburn, and both say investment in skills and capital projects will help the economy recover.

They explained the area had adapted to life during the pandemic but they believe the regional economy has the potential to grow in the future.

Coun Day outlined some of the major investments coming to Leamington including improvements at the railway station ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and progress on the Creative Quarter.

He said: “There is significant capital investment taking place in Leamington. It forms a big part of the region’s recovery plan that will help to protect jobs and create new opportunities in Warwickshire.”

And Ms Winterburn said packages of support are on offer to businesses currently considering making redundancies. It includes the potential to have staff seconded to other workplaces until their skills are required again, the opportunity to upskill employees and focusing on wellbeing for staff and employers during the stressful period.

She said: “We want to do everything we can to prevent as many job losses as possible.

“We want to be in a position, once the crisis is over, that we have the skills we need to grow the regional economy.”

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